Exploring the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

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One of my favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom is the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.  This man made treehouse and tree, with it’s 116 steps, looks like a real tree, but in reality, it’s made up out of steel, concrete, and stucco!

One of the best things about the treehouse is how many details there are.  This is a walk-through attraction, so you can travel at your own pace, and since it’s been here since opening day, in this day and age it doesn’t have a lot of traffic — so you can take your time and look at things in a leisurely pace.

Measuring 60 feet tall, and 90 feet wide, this tree offers up some of the most incredible views of points of the Magic Kingdom.  For example, I particularly like this shot of Space Mountain, which you may not have realized you would be able to see from there.

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What really makes this attraction for me is that, when I am taking a tour of it, I am able to lose myself in the book and the movie.  There are so many incredible details that the Imagineers have put into place that really make this attraction special to me.  Here is a picture from up top, looking down at the entrance, where you can see the water pulley system.  This is really cool to me, what about you?

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I have often speculated with Cindy and Sophie about where you would sleep if you could spend the night in the Magic Kingdom.  That place, if I had my way, would be the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.  In fact, it was one of the points I mentioned during a Magical Blogorail Post back in March.

In so many ways, the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is a throwback to a different time at Disney.  As you all know, the world outside of Disney has exploded around all of us — there is so much you can do, and the world is so much smaller.  I think, because of how busy and fast paced the world is, attractions such as Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse will always have a draw to people like me who like to slow down when they are on vacation.

Tell me, please: what do you think about the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

My first Disney trip

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This picture is from 2006, the next time that my Mom would visit the Magic Kingdom!

I was about 10 or 11 years old when I first went to Walt Disney World.  My Grandma and Grandpa had retired the previous year, and moved to Florida, so the following summer my Mom and sister and I went down to visit them.  In the course of that trip, Grandma and Grandpa took us on a trip to Walt Disney World.

I don’t have any pictures of the trip, but I do have memories.  I remember that at that time Disney World consisted of the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Resort, and the Grand Floridian resort.  We didn’t stay on property, and we had to decide which rides we wanted to enjoy because the park had tickets for the individual rides.  The more popular rides took more tickets than the less popular ones.

I remember that I wouldn’t ride Space Mountain.  Robin (my sister) tried really hard to get me to go, but I was chicken.

Remember when the Theater on Main Street showed silent Mickey Mouse cartoons?

So many things have changed at Walt Disney World, but regardless of that, so much of the Magic Kingdom has remained the same.

Despite the changes, the predominate things that make Walt Disney World special remain.  The Magic began for me with the moment we would get into the car to make the trip to Disney.  The closer we got to the park, the more the excitement would build, and when we saw the “Walt Disney World Sign”, I was about ready to bust with excitement.

The excitement continued to build as we passed the parking attendants, got out of the car, and memorized where we parked (we were usually in Grumpy or Happy).

Then, as you ride the tram to the the Transportation and Ticketing Center, reality continues to fade into the background as you are magically transported to the world of Walt Disney.

For us, as we rode on the Monorail to the park entrance, seeing the famous Magic Kingdom landmarks approach always started a discussion on what ride we would ride first.  The answers always varied, but for me, and that first visit, I didn’t care which ride I rode first.

For me, the experience of it all is what was really special to me.  I didn’t care which rides I rode, that first trip I was all about where it all begins — Main Street, U.S.A.  Seeing the train station, experiencing the buildings around the circle, and then taking in all of the shops, that is, in many ways, what it is all about.

Even now, after years of visiting Walt Disney World, to me, nothing is as special as the feeling I get when I enter Main Street, U.S.A. and take it all in.